By Nancy Hokkanen
Whatever one’s opinion of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, she has spotlighted a dirty little secret: the silent epidemic of vaccine injury, and its ongoing dismissal by government, industry, medical trade unions and media.
Journalists have adopted public health administrators’ utilitarian “more is better” attitude toward vaccines. Commentators tout lives theoretically saved by vaccines, then fail to express concern for people disabled or killed by vaccines.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, as of June 22, 2011, VAERS (the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) received 18,727 reports of adverse events following Gardasil vaccination.
A total of 2,799 adverse events were classified as “Serious,” including encephalopathy (brain damage); 98 deaths have been reported.
The CDC and medical groups deny evidence of mental retardation from Gardasil, yet the VAERS database contains 27 reported cases of encephalitis (brain inflammation) and seven cases of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis — demyelinating brain and spinal cord disease — following the HPV vaccine.Dr. Scott Ratner, whose wife is also a physician, told CBS-TV that their daughter Amanda became severely ill after a shot of Gardasil. She changed from “a varsity lacrosse player … to a chronically ill, steroid-dependent patient with autoimmune myofasciitis.”